I research the Irish Family History Foundation's database. It contains 12,000,000 surviving rcds for abt 65% of Irish counties. Rcds are increasingly sparse B4 1840, rare B4 1800.
Note 1 - Without a KNOWN parish, the chance of an ancestor's rcds NOT being in this database is AT LEAST 35%.
Note 2 - Only 1/2 of Co. Cork's rcds are in this database.
Note 3 - The RC church kept control over most parish rcds from Tipperary (north). These are ONLY available thru the Tipperary Family History Research center at a substantial fee (regardless of outcome).
For Mary O'Malley B 1824 (exact) somewhere in Ireland with the father's forename unknown, I found 1 B rcd in Co. Mayo.
For Michael Hennigan B 1814 (exact) ditto, I found 0 B rcds. There are NO B rcds within +/- 4 yrs of this date. This event was likely never rcd'd, or the rcd didn't survive.
For Pat(rick) Hennigan B 1844 +/- 4 yrs ditto with the father forenamed Michael, I found 1 B rcd in 1846 Co. Mayo.
For Michael Hennigan M 1844 +/- 2 yrs in Co. Mayo, I found 1 M rcd in 1845, Balla RC parish.
For Mary O'Malley M ditto, I found 2 M rcds in the same yr and parish. One of these is HIGHLY likely to be for your ancestor. A view of the detailed rcd SHOULD show which, if any, of these rcds is correct.
Google the Foundation's name to lead you to this database. Register, opt to be notified as rcds are added and browse. Pls post your search results to my genforum msg.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
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